Winter 2018 pick up a full events programme in the museum



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Twilight at the Museums – Fabulous Fossils and where to find them
Tuesday 13th Februaury 16.30 - 19.30
Free, family drop in

Explore the Sedgwick Museum after dark. Uncover fabulous finds and discover what else might be lurking in the dark showcases…

No toilets available in the Museum, facilities will be available near the Museum entrance. A buggy park will be provided outside.

This is our busiest event of the year so expect a queue

Don't forget that Twilight is across all the University of Cambridge museums

 hippo fossil

Poo and pickaxes - Cracked Voices
Saturday 3rd March 2018
Performances at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm
Free, drop in

The Sedgwick Museum presents Cracked Voices

Hear how a hippo lumbered into the Sedgwick's collection and gave birth to a song (and how Harradine Sell was killed by fossilised poo)! The extraordinary lives of ordinary people

Three short performances over the day

 Geologise theatre

What really killed the dinosaurs
Wednesday 14th March 17.00-18.00
Physiology lecture hall

Free, booking via Eventbrite

As part of the Science Festival, the Sedgwick Museum presents Geologise Theatre 

Join Matthew Kemp and Roberta Wilkinson on a musical adventure through time! 65 million years ago a huge meteorite collided with the Earth and the dinosaurs became extinct. But is that the whole story? This immersive show is packed with science, songs and a spot of mild peril!

Come along and help us piece together the evidence of how the dinosaurs died in a musical show by Geologise Theatre, in association with the Sedgwick Museum. Matthew and Roberta are recent graduates of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Cambridge and are returning to the Science Festival with their third show. They have been studying geology and singing together for years and are fusing their passion for science and music as Geologise Theatre- All the world's a stage!

Disabled access is limited, please call 01223 333456 for details after booking your ticket.

Free family event, children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note this event is in the Physiology lecture hall not in the Sedgwick Museum, follow the signs from the Downing site entrance.

 Hippo pupet

The Barrington Hippo
Saturday 17th March, 30min performances at 11.00 and 14.00
Tilley Lecture Hall
Booking via Cambridge Live
£8/adult and £5/under 16's

Hippos once roamed the Cambridgeshire countryside – the bones found at Barrington can prove it.

Cambridge City Opera and The Sedgwick Museum present the story of one of the museum’s most charismatic residents – the Barrington Hippo. Music, storytelling and theatre combine in this engaging and entertaining show for children and adults. Discover how hippos came to Cambridgeshire, how they died out, and how the fossilised bones known as the Barrington Hippo were finally discovered, many thousands of years later. For all lovers of geology, zoology and natural history, with music and theatre thrown in for good measure…!

This event is in the Tilley Lecture hall not the Sedgwick Museum. Follow signs from the Downing site entrance.


A Sense of Sedgwick
Wednesday 21st March 18.00-19.30
Free, over 18's only
Booking via Eventbrite

As part of the Science Festival, the Sedgwick Museum celebrates the life of Adam Sedgwick.

He mixed in high circles, had a lion, a ship, numerous fossils and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences named in his honour. It is now 200 years since Adam Sedgwick became Woodwardian Professor. Join us for an informal evening celebration where you will get to know the man, his life and the ‘fruits of his labour’ in the Museum gallery after hours with a glass of wine.

Disabled access is limited, please call 01223 333456 for details.

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00 


Winter Closure
The Museum will be closed from Friday 22nd December 2017, re-opening Monday 8th January 2018


Dr Elizabeth Harper has been appointed Acting Director of the Sedgwick Museum following the retirement of Dr Ken McNamara.

Celebrating 100 years since John Edward Marr (1857-1933) became the 9th Woodwardian Professor, Monday 30th October: Visit our online Archive gallery